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Deerfield's former city plumber fined for unlicensed work, state says

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:15:00 PDT

A man the city of Deerfield Beach hired for plumbing services in 2012 has been fined $12,000 for not being a real plumber, according to state documents filed earlier this month.state

The state Department of Business and Professional Regulation said Andre Leite performed plumbing services 37 times...


Men dressed as ninjas rob Pompano Beach restaurant, video shows

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:40:00 PDT

Newly released surveillance video shows two robbers dressed as ninjas burst through the door of a Pompano Beach restaurant and threaten the owner with a gun.

The robbery happened just before 10 p.m. on Feb 17 at Tortilleria Mexicana, on Sample Road just west of North Federal Highway. Broward Sheriff’s...


HUD Secretary Ben Carson visits Broward's largest Habitat site

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:30:00 PDT

HUD Secretary Ben Carson hailed private efforts to provide housing in a visit Friday to Pompano Beach, while saying there will be housing dollars in President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plans to make up for proposed cuts to his department’s budget.

Carson, who was confirmed March 2 to lead the...


Bridge on New River closing again in April

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:05:00 PDT

A drawbridge west of Andrews Avenue in downtown Fort Lauderdale will be closed to marine traffic for several days in April.

The Florida East Coast Railway bridge will be closed to boaters on Sunday, April 2, from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday, and from 10 p.m. on Sunday, April 16 to 10 a.m. Monday.


Norma Rollinson, gave Wilton Manors its nickname, dies at 98

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:50:00 PDT

The woman who gave Wilton Manors its nickname as the “island city” as part of a City Hall contest died last week.

Norma Hilda Rollinson, who lived in Wilton Manors since 1956, was 98.

In 1987 the city was searching for a new image — and one it could translate onto its entry signs.

Rollinson told...


Pompano Beach woman, AutoNation executive, dies in Lauderdale crash

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:50:00 PDT

Elaine May, 50, of Pompano Beach, a married mother of two and a long-time employee at AutoNation, died Monday in a car crash in Fort Lauderdale.

“Elaine was one of the most beautiful people that you could know,” Mike Jackson, AutoNation’s chairman and chief executive officer said through a spokesman.


Where's the beef? Missing from Weston store, investigators say

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:12:00 PDT

A serial meat thief could be on the loose in Broward County.

The Broward Sheriff's Office Friday released surveillance video of the theft of about $150 worth of meat that happened Feb. 5 at the Publix supermarket at 1170 Weston Rd., Weston.

It was shortly before 9 p.m. when the man is seen in the...


Broward deputy not guilty of accepting sex in exchange for not arresting woman

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:30:00 PDT

It took most of a week for a jury to listen to the case against a suspended Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy accused of letting a stripper off the hook for a probation violation in exchange for oral sex in 2013.

And it took those jurors less than 10 minutes Friday afternoon to find the deputy not...


Man, 41, shot during fight outside hotel, police say

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:58:00 PDT

A fight that broke out while people were trying to check into a Plantation hotel ended in gunfire that put one man in the hospital, police said.

In the hopes of generating leads in the case, investigators have released surveillance video showing the confrontation that led to the shooting about...


Golf courses declining as hundreds of homes rise

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:15:00 PDT

Golf course designs that don’t have anything to do with fairways and putting greens are throwing another South Florida community into a fret.

The defunct Oak Tree Golf Course in Oakland Park, once a well-manicured urban oasis, will have 850 homes on it if developer Pulte Group gets the approvals...


Lawsuit accuses child protection agency and sheriff's office of negligence in death of Hollywood boy

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:45:00 PDT

Attorneys representing the estate of a 3-year-old boy found dead in the laundry room of his family’s Hollywood home have filed a lawsuit against the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Children and Families, accusing the agencies of failing to protect the child when they should have...


Family of slain mother and daughter plead for help

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:00:00 PDT

Jasmine Allen hasn’t been able to sleep since the day in late January when her mother and younger sister were killed in their home.

Now Allen and other family members are asking for help bringing whoever is responsible to justice.

“I’m not even sleeping. I’m six months’ pregnant and I cannot get...


Broward County closes 911 dispatch center after foul odor sickens employees

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:15:00 PDT

Broward County is dealing with a mystery: What has sickened seven employees at one of its three 911 call centers?

“There was a foul odor reported,” said Brett Bayag, acting director of the Office of Regional Communications and Technology.

Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue was called about 5 p.m. Tuesday...


South Florida charity discovers 240 starving Haitians living in cave

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:55:00 PDT

Despite their dire conditions and empty stomachs, about 240 people living inside a cave in the rugged mountains in Haiti’s southern peninsula were singing joyful hymns. And their voices led a team from Food For The Poor right to them.

Now the starving parents and children are receiving food and...


Donald Trump won't be at Mar-a-Lago this weekend

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:05:00 PDT

Supporters of President Donald Trump, protesters who revile the president and police who’ve been racking up lots of overtime are getting the weekend off in South Florida.

The president won’t be coming to Palm Beach.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed Thursday that the president will...


More Wi-Fi hot zones might be coming to a city near you

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 PDT

Free Wi-Fi isn’t just for coffeehouses any more.

Some cities — including Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Boca Raton — now offer wireless hot spots at parks and City Hall, allowing thousands of visitors to search the Web for free.

Sunrise wants to take it to the next...


Judge ends most federal oversight of Broward jails

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:35:00 PDT

Update: In a ruling filed Thursday, U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks ended most federal monitoring of Broward County jails, leaving only inmate mental health issues under the court’s continued review.

An evaluation of how the Broward Sheriff’s Office is handling inmate mental health concerns...


Guns, drugs, cash seized in Pompano Beach raid

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:05:00 PDT

Eleven rifles, 28 handguns, narcotics and more than $21,000 were seized when Broward Sheriff’s deputies raided a Pompano Beach home and storage unit and took a man into custody on drug charges.

Scott Fernandez, 46, was arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana and trafficking in oxycodone,...


Fashion Mall gets new name: 'Plantation Walk'

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:55:00 PDT

Expected to become one of the largest mixed-use projects in Broward County, the Fashion Mall has a new name: Plantation Walk.

The Plantation City Council approved plans in December for 700 rental apartments, office space and 200,000 square feet of retail and restaurants with outdoor seating and...


Davie man dies in motorcycle crash

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:40:00 PDT

A motorcycle driver died before dawn Thursday when his bike hit a concrete median in Davie, a police spokesman said.

Anthony Salvatore Guiliano, 46, who lives in the town, was astride a 2007 Harley Davidson before the collision about 5:30 a.m. in the 3700 block of Southwest 47th Avenue, Davie Police...


Crews cap leak in natural gas line

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:10:00 PDT

What looked like a tiny smoking volcano in a Fort Lauderdale neighborhood early Thursday was actually a small natural gas line leak, officials said.

Crews were called to the 3000 block of Southwest Fifth Court in the Melrose Manors community shortly before 6 a.m. and found “water bubbling from...


Family makes emotional plea in hit-run case that left teen hospitalized

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:05:00 PDT

Angel Garcia missed his bus Monday and as he walked to school, he was struck by a van that left him bleeding and unconscious in the swale at the side of a Pompano Beach road.

On Wednesday, the 17-year-old’s sobbing mother Elizabeth Pelaez spoke in Spanish on behalf of her husband Efrain Garcia...


Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Broward County Library

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:14:00 PDT

“I am large, I contain multitudes,” wrote 19th-century poet Walt Whitman in a piece called “Song of Myself.” Is poetry one of your multitudes?

The Broward County Library is hosting a variety of all-ages events throughout April where people can write, recite and listen to poetry in observance of...


Robert Levinson's family sues Iran over his disappearance

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:55:00 PDT

The family of Robert Levinson, the Coral Springs man taken hostage overseas a decade ago, has filed a lawsuit against Iran, saying that the country has lied about its role in his disappearance.

The family’s lawsuit, filed in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, says the Levinson family “has suffered grievously...


Pedestrian, 63, struck and killed crossing Fort Lauderdale road

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:10:00 PDT

A 63-year-old man was struck and killed by a car Tuesday while walking across West Sunrise Boulevard, and Fort Lauderdale police are seeking witnesses.

Stephen West, a city resident, died at the site of the collision, which happened around 7 a.m. near Mavericks High School in the 400 block of West...